(Video-heavy post ahead. Fair warning.)
So I’ve been playing coy with this topic as well, my favorite songs of all time. I’ve been promising you the goodies, but not quite delivering. (Egad, that sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Sorry.)
I like a lot of music. A LOT OF MUSIC! But, that being said, I haven’t heard every single song known to man. So there are some songs I’ve either forgotten about or just have not heard before that others would consider the greatest of all time. I get that. This is just all my opinion and my personal taste.
I tried to push this list to 15, but it just wasn’t going to happen. So it’s only 11.
I know there are some genres that aren’t represented herein, like country and R&B. But I like the mix I have here, from rock to pop to jazz and even some progressive. Likewise, there are certain artists that I love – like Fiona Apple, Keane, and John Lennon, among MANY others – that aren’t represented here, but they are excellent musicians with great songs, so go check them out.
Plus, I’m no music theorist, and at the moment am barely a writer (had to be said), so I have no deep explanations as to why I like these songs so much.
My top 11 songs of all time, in order:
Number Eleven: Howard Jones, “No One Is To Blame”
~ I like the sentiment(s) expressed herein. It’s just a nice and simple song, and a good pop song.
Number Ten: Avril Lavigne, “I’m With You”
~ I think of one specific person when I hear this song, and one specific person only. He once made me cry like no one else’s business. Unfortunately, he’ll never know who he is.
Number Nine: Filter, “Take a Picture”
~ I like to think the chorus goes “Could you take my picture/’Cuz I won’t remember you” instead of “Could you take my picture/’Cuz I won’t remember – yeah.” Other than that, it’s a great song.
Number Eight: Vince Guaraldi/George Winston, “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”
~ Just a great and overall hopeful song. I heard George Winston’s version first, but Vince Guaraldi did it originally.
Here is Vince Guaraldi’s original version first:
And here is George Winston’s take:
Number Seven: The Band/Shannon Curfman, “The Weight”
~ The Band did this song originally, and it is wonderfully sparse and sad. Shannon Curfman’s version is considerably more rockin’, but still sad. It’s a lonely sounding song, and I like it a lot; I first heard it as part of the soundtrack for the movie “Girl, Interrupted.”
The Band’s original version:
And Shannon Curfman’s cover:
Number Six: Derek Sherinian, “A View from the Sky”
~ Dad uses this song to close out every one of his radio shows. He says it means what he feels about music. I used to think it was too depressing – think of the joy your program brings to its listeners, Dad, and then you use such a downer to close it out?!? But after the death of Father Mike, this song became hugely relevant to me. And now I love it.
Number Five: The Goo Goo Dolls, “Black Balloon”
~ This song sounds like suicide, in my opinion – at least, my attempt at it. And the first time I ever heard it was the day after my high school graduation, and on that day, there was a moment where I realized, “Yup, they’re right – today really is the first day of the rest of your life.” (Another story for another time.)
Number Four: Duran Duran, “Ordinary World”
~ Such a great song. I used to cry every time I heard it. So weighty and beautiful. Plus, I love the story my dad had to tell about hearing this song for the first time. He was driving and he heard this song, and when the DJ said who did it, Dad almost pulled the car over, found the nearest phone, called the radio station, and would have said to the DJ “Excuse me?” tee hee. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
Number Three: Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
~ Queen, my favorite band of all time, needs to be represented! There are a lot of great Queen songs but this is, bar none, their best.
Number Two: Phil Collins, “Take Me Home”
~ This song reminds me of family. Not my immediate family, though – just my relatives (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc). Couldn’t really tell you why, unless you count that moment with uncle Thomas. It’s always been a reminder.
And now….the moment you’ve all been waiting for….
Number One: The Goo Goo Dolls, “Name”
~ My love for this song stems from something that happened when I was in fifth grade (another story for another time). Only I couldn’t find a song that meant what I felt or wanted to say about the incident until four years later, when “Name” came out. I think it has to do with several of the lyrics: “And even though the moment passed me by/I still can’t turn away,” and “Think about you all the time/But I don’t need the same.” Definitely meant what I felt. Phenomenal song, and absolutely, deservedly my most favorite song of all time.
Honorable mentions: Edwin McCain, “I’ll Be” and Natalie Imbruglia, “Torn”
~ For two weeks in a certain January, one of these two songs would be playing each and every time I turned on the radio. For that reason and that reason alone, while they are not all-time favorites, I can never hate these two songs.
So there you have it. My top 11 songs of all time, with two honorable mentions.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Complaints?
I’ll try to do better next post.